Today we hear from Karen who nominated Brian, her brother, who took care of their mother after she was diagnosed with Grade 4 Glioblastoma.
Karen shares a few words about Brian, her caregiver hero:
“My brother dropped everything to stay and take care of our mom after she was diagnosed with grade 4 GBM. He had never taken care of anyone with cancer before, but he did it for 3 1/2 months until she died.
He was only supposed ot stay a few days until fate showed a different plan. He also took care of our Dad who ahs dementia and promised our mom he would take care of him after she was gone. It’s been almost 2 years since that short trip became a complete change of life for my brother”
We are honored and proud to share Karen and Brian’s story with you. All of the work our caregivers have done and continue to do is inspirational and deserves recognition.
Karen nominated Brian as part of our campaign to recognize all of the amazing work caregivers are doing during National Caregiver Month. To see a list of caregivers and their stories search our blog for the tag “National Caregiver Month 2013” or use this link.
If you are currently undergoing treatment or caring for a loved undergoing brain cancer or brain tumor treatment don’t hesitate to contact the Chris Elliott Fund with your questions or thoughts. We know that caring for a loved one is a demanding journey and should not be done alone. For help in caring for your brain tumor warrior we hope you read through our “My Support Network” information sheet that will help you identify people in your life to help you in your journey. Request your copy here:
We have also published several informational blog posts for our caregivers over the years as we know they are a key part of a brain tumor patients journey. Here are a few links you may find useful:
- Caring for the Caregiver: How to take care while caring for another — by guest blogger and social worker Stacie Beam Bruce
- Information on why and how to find respite care
- Finding the right facility for your loved one Part 1 & Part 2
- Why Family Caregivers Matter (from 2012)
Please do not hesitate to contact us about ways we can help. You are not alone.
Please feel free to share your comments and thoughts with Brian and Karen using the comments below.